enormity


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enormity

noun complexity, enormous size, immense scope, immensity, vast size
Associated concepts: enormity of a crime
See also: degree, importance, magnitude, weight
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Constant watchfulness was required to avoid the many snakes of various degrees of repulsiveness and enormity that infested the wood; and the only ray of hope they had to cling to was that the forest would, like the majority of Caspakian forests, prove to be of no considerable extent.
No, some other method of punishment must be found to bring Anne to a proper realization of the enormity of her offense.
He would enter into no further discussion of the subject, and while old Arthur dilated upon the enormity of his demands and proposed modifications of them, approaching by degrees nearer and nearer to the terms he resisted, sat perfectly mute, looking with an air of quiet abstraction over the entries and papers in his pocket-book.
The absurdity of a bishop having a wife particularly struck them: they scarcely knew whether to be most amused or horror-struck at such an enormity.
I never dreamed of any enormity greater than I have committed.
Then that was another crime, and her solemn promise to love and honour him was another, that only increased the enormity of the last.
And even while I was oppressed by the enormity of my sin,--for sin it was,--I chuckled with an insane delight.
Miss Wirt and these two affectionate young women so earnestly and frequently impressed upon George Osborne's mind the enormity of the sacrifice he was making, and his romantic generosity in throwing himself away upon Amelia, that I'm not sure but that he really thought he was one of the most deserving characters in the British army, and gave himself up to be loved with a good deal of easy resignation.
Instantly to turn upon me, charging that I have no sense of the enormity of the crime itself, but am its aider and abettor
Yet she appeared confident in innocence and did not tremble, although gazed on and execrated by thousands, for all the kindness which her beauty might otherwise have excited was obliterated in the minds of the spectators by the imagination of the enormity she was supposed to have committed.
Raffles would plan a fresh enormity, or glory in the last, with the unmitigated enthusiasm of the artist.
Then after slipping his braces off his shoulders he pulled up violently the venetian blind, and leaned his forehead against the cold window-pane - a fragile film of glass stretched between him and the enormity of cold, black, wet, muddy, inhospitable accumulation of bricks, slates, and stones, things in themselves unlovely and unfriendly to man.